Backhoe



a hydraulic excavating machine consisting of a tractor having an attached hinged boom, with a bucket with movable jaws on the end of the boom.
Contemporary Examples

Leon drove the van down a dirt trail and stopped near the backhoe, which had finished its digging and was now just waiting.
John Grisham’s First Short Story: Part Two John Grisham October 25, 2009

Behind the church there was a cemetery, and at the far end of it a backhoe had just begun digging the grave.
John Grisham’s First Short Story: Part Two John Grisham October 25, 2009

Sen. Robert F. Kennedy looked on as Pollard began to disinter the president with the backhoe.
What Became of JFK’s Gravedigger? Michael Daly November 21, 2013

First they set fire to a backhoe and a car, burning them to shells.
Who’s Burning Palestinian Mosques in the West Bank and Israel? Dan Ephron December 12, 2011

n.

by 1928, from back (n. or adj.) + hoe (n.).

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